Afghanistan: US military reviews civilian casualty reports after air strike

Dhe US military is investigating reports of possible civilian casualties following the air strike on a car operated by the terrorist militia “Islamic State” (IS) in Kabul. The operation successfully averted an “immediate threat” to Kabul airport from the terrorists, and the results of the air strike are still being checked, according to a statement from the US command center for the region (Centcom) on Sunday evening. “A large amount of explosives” were found in the destroyed vehicle, “which may have led to further victims,” ​​it said.

“It is not clear what could have happened and we are still investigating. We would be very sad about the possible death of innocent people, “said the military’s statement.

Several members of a family killed, according to media reports

Previously in Afghanistan, among others, the television channel ArianaNews, citing eyewitnesses, reported that six people, including four children, were killed when a mortar shell struck a private house in Kabul. Two vehicles and parts of the house were destroyed. It was not immediately clear whether these victims were possibly attributable to a mortar shell or the US air strike. CNN reported citing relatives in Kabul that nine members of a family were killed in the air strike, including six children.

On Thursday, dozens of civilians and at least 13 US soldiers were killed in an attack by the local branch of the Islamic State terrorist militia at Kabul airport. It was the most loss-making attack on US troops in Afghanistan in ten years.

In view of the situation in Afghanistan, the US State Department invites you to a virtual foreign ministers’ summit on Monday. The US will host the meeting “important partners”, including Germany, France, Great Britain as well as the EU and NATO, as the State Department announced in Washington. At the summit, a “coordinated procedure for the coming days and weeks” is to be discussed.

The statement also said that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will report on the recent US operations in Afghanistan after the meeting. The Foreign Ministers’ summit takes place one day before US forces withdraw from Afghanistan after 20 years of war and just over two weeks after the radical Islamic Taliban returned to power. With the withdrawal of the troops, the airlift to save people from the country in the Hindu Kush will also end on Tuesday. Since August 15, around 114,000 people have been flown out of Afghanistan.

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